This morning I was thinking about some thing that my martial arts instructor encouraged students to do at the beginning of each class. Work on one skill during each class. To not be overwhelmed by trying to learn too much, too quickly. What my martial arts instructor shared before class has stuck with me over the years. What he shared continues to encourage me to not be … [Read more...]
Fulfilling Dreams after Brain Injury
Before our brain injuries, dreams for the future may have seemed bright. Following our brain injuries, those dreams may now seem out of reach. What once seemed attainable, may no longer appear to be realistic. Through my recovery process I discovered that although life may have changed forever, I do not have to give up on my dreams. Although the way in which I once followed my bliss has changed, I do not have to give up on my bliss.
“Insist on yourself, never imitate. Your own gift, you can present with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation, but of the adopted talent you only have a half-possession…Do that which is assigned to you, and you can not hope too much or dare too much.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
What I discovered gave me hope. What I discovered helped me to realize that I could follow my passion in a different way. In a way that would give me the ability to pursue and achieve my passion. My passion to encourage people to not give up on their dreams. In a way that would give me a medium to use my gifts, talents and abilities. In a way that would work for me. In a way that would be received by the people who wanted what I had to bring to the table.
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” Steve Jobs
The articles in this category are written to encourage you to follow your dreams. To follow your dreams in ways that work for you, for the people who want what you have to bring to the table. To the table of life. So, be encouraged and don't give up. You will find a way to use your gifts, talents and abilities. Your limitations do not have to limit you. You can find a way that will work for you. You can create with your life and change your world. Only believe and put action behind your belief.
Second Chance to Live 429 Video Presentations Playlist and the Brain Injury Peer Visitor Association video resources Brain Injury Peer Visitor Association Videos Click on the link and scroll down. Second Chance to Live Video Presentation Playlist Click on the desired video presentation. Brain Injury Recovery Resources Empowering the Individual, not the … [Read more...]
Living with a brain injury and an invisible disability can leave us feeling stuck. Stuck like a mouse in a box. Consider the Spark It only takes one thought to spark a fire to set us free from the "box". Living with a brain Injury and an invisible disability can lead us to believe that we are destined to fit into a mold. Beyond the Belief It only takes one thought to … [Read more...]
Last night while surfing through television channels I came across a classic movie, The Wizard of Oz. The movie reminded me of my experience of living with a brain Injury and an invisible disability and wanting to find answers. When I saw the movie title, I was reminded of an article that I had written in July of 2007. An article in which I had shared what I learned about … [Read more...]
Today, February 6, 2020, is the 13th anniversary of Second Chance to Live. In October 2009, I wrote the article, Answering the Call that Never Came. Below is a copy of the article. As you read the article, may you be encouraged to follow your heart and vision regardless of your disability or limitations. Answering the Call that Never Came For many years I waited for … [Read more...]